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Danny Kennedy

Managing Director, CalCEF

Danny Kennedy is managing director of the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), a pioneer in clean energy investment, and president of CalCharge, a public-private consortium to drive breakthroughs in energy storage technology. Prior to CalCEF, Danny cofounded Sungevity, Inc., the largest privately held solar company in the US. Sungevity has grown to more than 1,000 employees and serves tens of thousands of customers in four countries. Danny is the author of Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy— and Our Planet—From Dirty Energy (2012), a book that has been described as the clean energy manifesto for the next generation. PBS named him “Innovator of the Year” for moving the planet forward in 2011; in 2013 Rolling Stone described him and Sungevity CEO Andrew Birch as “solar mavericks.” Danny also co-founded SfunCube, the only incubator and accelerator solely focused on helping solar entrepreneurs to succeed. Additionally, he serves on the boards of VoteSolar, ecoAmerica, The Solar Foundation, and several solar start-ups, including Powerhive, which is a solar utility in Kenya, and Sunergise, which is a Fijian company taking solar as a service across the South Pacific. In 2010, Danny spearheaded Sungevity’s “Solar on the White House” campaign that worked towards a decision by the Obama Administration to place solar panels on the First Family residence. The Administration honored this commitment in 2013.